Nothing is more personal than a woman's decision about having children–if to have them, when to have them and how many to have. Our goal is to educate women about the pros and cons of the many different contraception options available and to provide supportive, effective care that enhances your health and well-being. During a consultation, we'll review your health record and family history and ask about your long-term plans before working together to make a decision about which form of contraception is best for you.
We offer the following contraceptive options (ranked by efficacy):
- Female sterilization: A surgical procedure (tubal ligation) that prevents pregnancy from occurring.
- IUDs: A small t-shaped device implanted into the uterus that prevents pregnancy from occurring, which can last up to 12 years.
- Injectible: A shot (Depo-Prevera) given in the arm that delivers hormones that prevent pregnancy from occurring. Must be done every three months.
- Birth control pills: Hormone pills, taken orally and daily, that prevent pregnancy from occurring.
- Birth control patches and rings: Hormones that prevent pregnancy from occurring, delivered via a skin patch or from a ring-shaped device placed in the vagina.
Barrier devices (sponge, cervical cap, diaphragm, condoms): A barrier prevents fertilization by making it placing a barrier between sperm and egg; use of a spermicide is encouraged.
Fertility awareness-based measures (i.e., the "rhythm method"). Abstinence during the fertile time of the month.
The Family Planning division provides high quality contraceptive consultations with the unique ability to manage complicated clinical presentations. We understand that an unplanned pregnancy can pose serious health risks to both mother and baby, and our goal is to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted.
Our gynecologists are trained in all types of contraceptives. During a contraception consultation, your gynecologist will review your health record and family history as well as ask about your long-term fertility plans before recommending a birth control that fits your lifestyle.